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Sally Quinn on the Compassion Forum

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On Faith's Sally Quinn gives her analysis of Hillary Rodham Clinton's and Barack Obama's performances at Sunday night's Compassion Forum at Messiah College ( video).

Posted at 9:18 AM ET on Apr 15, 2008  | Category:  Video Report
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hi sally quinn- your are a great american. cant wait till the general election in nov. too much negativeness and hatred spewing on both sides(bitterness). you would think the last 7 yrs have been just peachy and how dare americans want change or an outsider. the public has been fooled by alot of the media circus stunts from both sides. but as a white american homeownerin law enforcement i am proud to say im voting for mr obama. prices are just too high-record # of foreclosures- oil prices for my car and to heat my home just 2 name a few-(cheney-halibourton connection) its 2 much im bitter and i dont have to take this any more.

Posted by: rj- nassau-long island | April 16, 2008 2:59 PM

Like many others who have struggled for years to maintain support for a Clinton candidacy, I've crossed the bar and no longer see Senator Clinton as a desirable Democratic candidate for the Presidency. The 'Compassion' evening at Messiah College kind of clinched my growing disillusionment with the Clintons, after single minded support of Bill Clinton's presidency.

I mean, it's the DRAMA! The mendacious drama that seems essential to carry Senator Clinton along. Her words at this 'Compassion' program just clinched it for me. Don't need all that drama, all that opaque pretension, muddy faith exhibition verbally. Personally, I don't think the country needs, nor can it afford, the luxury of feeding the Clinton drama alongside the real clarity needed in the issues facing the next President.

Posted by: lenrbb | April 15, 2008 12:39 PM

Really, it is hard to take Sally Quinn, the epitome of Washington-insider conventional wisdom, as an arbiter of all things spiritual. Her hostility to the Clintons is well-known and longstanding, so it ludicrous to believe that this aging courtesan, who has HER HUSBAND to thank for her newspaper column at the Post, is a credible critic.

Posted by: rdkling | April 15, 2008 12:10 PM

Once again Sally Quinn and the Post come to Obama's defense. Never before has the media capitulated to such an unqualified candidate. No wonder so many are turned off by the media. They know they have to go elsewhere to actually get the truth.

Since we are on the subject of compassion, why are Obama supporters sending DEATH THREATS to the Obama supporter that broke the story about his "clinging to religion" comments? Death that's compassion!,0,1810964.story

Posted by: Joe | April 15, 2008 12:05 PM

Sally Quinn again shows that she is an Obama supporter as even when she says something nice about Hillary she has to turn the screw a little

The reality is that they both did well in that forum and Clinton was not defensive but prepared to answer the question she was given.

I think that Sally Quinn should preface all her statements with her support for Obama, and if she hasn't yet officially endorsed then she should listen to herself or read her columns sometime and see how they sound to everyone else.

Obama and Clinton are well versed in scripture and maybe the difference is that Clinton comes from a background where religion was a more personal issue and not one for public discussion and Obama who came to his religion later in his life has often talked publicly about his spiritual mentors and that may be what has gotten him into trouble with Rev. Wright and Rev. Meeks.

Posted by: peter DC | April 15, 2008 11:43 AM

Well Sally...

I saw the compassion forum (twice) and I did Obama did a very good job about expressing his views on faith and compassion. He seemed open and comfortable talking about how faith influenced his life.

Hillary Clinton on the hand seemed very defensive from the very start. The moderator was tangling bait in front of Hillary to attack Obama on his "bitter" comment but Hillary initially held off but then decided to take a swipe which came off heavy-handed. But then the following questions demonstrated how closed Hillary is. She seemed to want to avoid any "gotcha liar" moments with her responses. I believe Hillary spent more time talking about the faith of others than of herself. She also seemed to "ramble on" when answering some questions in which a 10-second response would have be sufficent based on her response content.

Based on the audience response (clapping) more of them seemed pleased with Obama's responses than with Hillary's responses.

Posted by: AJ | April 15, 2008 10:36 AM

'Not at all defensive' and setting a positive tone despite tough questions and a negative beginning by his opponent. Way to go.

Obama '08

Posted by: jencm | April 15, 2008 9:53 AM

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